Monthly Archives: September 2011

Citizen videos: both cause and potential remedy for NYPD misconduct in pepper-spraying Wall Street protesters

James Fallows follows up on the NYPD officer who recently pepper-sprayed a peaceful Wall Street protester: To me it’s obvious that the abuse stories would have disappeared if not for the videos. Very much like the original Rodney King police-beating video, … Continue reading

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Warren Buffett is bullish, opposes further monetary or fiscal stimulus. Dissenters abound.

I hope Buffett’s right. Bloomberg: . . .  As for the U.S. economy, Europe’s debt crisis is bound to have some fallout, he said. Still, the impact on the U.S. will be nothing like the 2008 credit crisis, Buffett said on … Continue reading

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The enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans is less than enthusing

From Gallup: Balloon Juice’s mistermix: This graph shows the difference between Democratic and Republican enthusiasm. There are a number of ways to read this graph. Either we’re back in Nader for President territory going into the 2012 election, or Democrats … Continue reading

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Buy Calvin Trillin’s new book

One of my favorite Calvin Trillin pieces is “Alice Off The Page: Expanding on—or maybe correcting—some of the things I wrote about my wife.” Originally in the The New Yorker, it is available here. Today I ordered his new collection Quite Enough of … Continue reading

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The Feds now say it’s illegal for medical-marijuana users to own firearms. What’s the NRA to do?

Heads are exploding all around National Rifle Association headquarters, as the inflexible ideologues who run the NRA are beginning to realize that they must either stand up for dope-smokin’ sick people — not its most faithful constituency — or permit … Continue reading

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Photo that will make you go “awwwww”

Too much gloom and doom in the world and on the blog. So here’s a crib full of napping baby pandas (via Boing Boing):

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Rich Lowry of National Review does not understand how marginal tax rates work

Brad DeLong dishes some snark: Talking to Tim Noah, Rich Lowry says: [Warren Buffett] should give all his wealth away…. come move to Westchester County. Move to McLean, Virginia. Move to the suburbs of San Francisco with his wife. Adopt … Continue reading

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